Below are comments and suggestions from recruiters who have attended Monmouth University’s Career Days.
Consider their advice as you prepare to participate in these important programs.
Plan in advance. Obtain the contact list of attending firms and target the top five that interest you. Focus on learning as much about the firm its opportunities and corporate culture.
Bring a copy of your resume. Make sure it is up to date and your objective is clear.
Sign on to as many job networking sites, like LinkedIn, and create a profile.
Review your Facebook account and make sure you block or take down any pictures or cute phrases you don’t want corporate recruiters to review as this is now a common practice.
When approaching a table or booth, watch manners, dress for success, be confident, and remember that this is not a social event … it is a networking event. This is a great time to polish your meet-and-greet skills in a non-pressure formal interview setting.
Gary Mass (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Global Head of Human Resources
Daiwa Capital Markets America, Inc.
“As a recruiter for a financial firm, what I look for most in a candidate is professionalism. This is demonstrated through appearance (business attire and clean-cut), good communication skills and preparation. I love when students are not only prepared with a resume, but also with questions that show they have researched our firm.
Director of Recruiting
Jersey Shore Financial Group
“Dress corporate. Firm handshake.
“Research the firms attending the job fair—know who they are and what they do and target the ones that interest you—don’t approach the table and ask ‘What do you do?’ or ‘What positions do you have available?’ Know that in advance and approach the table saying ‘Hi, my name is ______, I’m looking for an entry level ______ position. I noticed your firm has an opening in that area. I did some research on your firm and I would like to submit my resume for that position or any other you may feel I’m qualified for.’ Also, never say you’re not sure what you are looking for. At the very least, say you are looking for a challenging role with fair pay and upward mobility potential.
“Make sure to follow up with the recruiters a day or two after the job fair.
“Bring multiple copies of your resume. Be sure to proof them for spelling and grammatical errors and make sure all your contact information is present. Include all extracurricular activities on your resume, but do not include references.”
“One of the most important things to do at a Career Fair is have a ‘plan of attack.’ This is not just before and during the fair, but think of how you can make yourself stand out once you leave the fair. First, know which companies you want to talk to, and plan out when you are going to go to each table. Research each and every company that is listed before the event starts and see what they have to offer. During the fair, do not be the person who wanders around with your friends and just looks at all of the tables. If a company is at a career fair, it means that they are looking for good candidates. It is imperative that you portray yourself as someone that a company cannot pass up.”